Identifying a connection between substance abuse and domestic violence

What Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence Statistics Tell Us

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, substance abuse occurs in conjunction with intimate partner violence anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of the time. Additionally, approximately 20 percent of abusive males admit to consuming some type of drug and/or alcoholic beverage before acting aggressively toward their partners. They also define “intimate partner violence” using Futures Without Violence’s description of “a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that may include inflicted physical injury, psychological abuse, sexual assault, progressive social isolation, stalking, deprivation, intimidation and threats.” <<READ MORE>>

The Role of Churches in Preventing Domestic Violence

A number of Grand Rapids District clergy participated in a domestic violence simulation called “In Her Shoes.” This “In Her Shoes” simulation is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence and to assist clergy in being better able to recognize subtle signs of domestic violence in their congregation or community. The following materials are being shared so that domestic violence can be recognized and the victims can be helped. Below are two Grand Rapids agencies that assist victims of domestic violence. If you would like to arrange an “In Her Shoes” domestic violence simulation for your group, please contact Liz in the GR District Office at 616.459.4503, x-1211 or

Safe Haven Ministries
YWCA of Grand Rapids

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) are both great resources for materials about domestic violence prevention. WSCAD offers a library of free webinars for a variety of domestic violence issues HERE.

The Role of Churches in Preventing Domestic Violence
Responding to Domestic Violence
Michigan Domestic Violence Facts
NCADV Domestic Violence Facts

Domestic Violence Resources from The Recovery Village ⇒ HERE